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Joe Walters Wins the RunGood Poker Series Jamul Casino Main Event ($31,280)

Joe Walters

Joe Walters finished Day 2 of the RunGood Poker Series Jamul Casino $575 Main Event the same way he finished Day 1b; on a surge, and on top of the chip counts in the end.

Walters was the last one standing from a field of 294 entrants, defeating Kevin Meyers heads-up and winning the Main Event from Jamul Casino in San Diego, California. Per the terms of a heads-up deal, Walters takes home $31,280, along with the RGPS ring and a $550 seat to the RGPS Pro-am at the PokerGO Studios in December.

Meyers, who started the day with just 14 big blinds, rode a early-day wave and came up just short of winning the championship, coming in second for $23,505.

"For him to start the day with 26k, then finish second, is just an amazing accomplishment," Walters said of Meyers. "I was glad to play him heads up, it was fun.

2020 RunGood Poker Series Jamul Casino $575 Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Joe WaltersUnited States$31,280*
2Kevin MeyersUnited States$23,505*
3Robert FortunoUnited States$14,655
4Tim AckerUnited Kingdom$9,150
5Chris CarneyUnited States$7,065
6Imad KeroUnited States$5,950
7Spencer TepUnited States$4,915
8Papa KarnUnited States$4,045
9David ParaUnited States$3,200

*denotes heads-up deal

RunGood Poker Series Jamul Casino Final Table
RunGood Poker Series Jamul Casino Final Table

Final Table Action

The action was fast when the tournament went nine-handed, led by the fearless style of Spencer Tep. Tep came into the final nine with the chip lead but bowed out in seventh place after a series of plays that didn't go his way.

Tep, along with the shortest three stacks going into the final table, all were eliminated within the first full level of the final table, leaving the final five to battle it out.

Meyers began to make his run to the second-place finish after taking a big pot from Chris Carney. Carney was knocked out in the following hand.

"I just wanted to pile the money in, thinking he had a big hand."

Tim Acker went out next, sending a massive amount of chips Walters' way in a hand that saw Walters flop a straight against Acker's two pair.

"I just wanted to pile the money in, thinking he had a big hand," Walters said of the hand. "I didn't want any scare cards to come, so I decided to get in in."

Robert Fortuno went to three-handed play with the stacks relatively even among himself, Walters and Meyers at times, but went home in third to send Meyers and Walters to the heads up match. The pair agreed on a deal that locked up $27,280 for Walters and a guaranteed $23,505 for Meyers, with $4,000 left to play for, as well as the RGPS ring and $550 seat to the RGPS Pro-am at PokerGO Studios in December 2020.

In the end, all the money went in on a nine-seven-five board with two clubs. Meyers held jack-nine for top pair, while Walters had ace-four of clubs for the nut flush draw. Walters whiffed the turn with the ten of hearts but spiked the deuce of clubs on the river to clinch the championship.

Jennifer Gianera Crowned RGPS Jamul Casino Champion

Jennifer Gianera is the RGPS Jamul Casino Champ
Jennifer Gianera is the RGPS Jamul Casino Champ.

Jennifer Gianera finished fifth in Event #6 putting her ahead of everyone else in the Casino Champion point total. With registration closed in Event #7, there were only a handful of players entered in The Closer that could still pass her with a strong enough finish. Eventually, they were all eliminated; her fate was sealed and she was declared the Casino Champion! Gianera will represent the San Diego Card Sharks at the PokerGO Pro-Am invite-only event this December.

RGPS Side Event Winners

Event #1: $125 Pro Bounty216$22,680Jounie Angcao$3,254
Event #2: $180 Deepstack211$29,540Jennifer Gianera$6,050
Event #3: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty99$11,435Richard Furfaro$2,220
Event #4: $300 PLO47$12,220Glen Adams$4,275
Event #5: $575 Main Event294$147,000Joe Walters$31,280
Event #6: $240 Black Chip Bounty67$7,035Nadem Pattah$4,275
Event #7: $100 Series Closer87$6,960Aaron Knapp$1,437

RGPS 2020 Spring Events

While the events at Jamul Casino have come to an end, there's no rest for the RunGood series as the stop travels on right away, setting up shop in the Downstream Casino in Joplin, Missouri. After Downstream Casino, the tour will host five other events to round out the spring events portion of the calendar.

February 25 - March 1Downstream CasinoJoplin, MO
March 3 – 8Horseshoe TunicaTunica, MS
March 31 – April 5Horseshoe Bossier CityBossier City, LA
April 21-26Harrah's North Kansas CityKansas City, MO
April 28 – May 3Hard Rock TulsaTulsa, OK
June 9 - 14Grand CasinoOklahoma City, OK

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  • Walters won a RunGood Poker Series All-Stars Ring and a seat to the RGPS Pro-Am at the PokerGO Studios.

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